by Al Myers
The BIG NEWS with the recent record-setting activity has been that the CENTURY CLUB now has a new member. Just like I predicted in a blog a couple of months ago, Dean Ross has joined this group of elite record breakers in the USAWA. This is a big deal, and Dean has worked hard to accomplish this. His lifting efforts at the 2012 USAWA National Championships “put him over the hill” in going over 100 USAWA records. There is not a better place to accomplish something like this to make it a memorable event. Congrats Dean – the next time I see ya in the gym I’m going to give you a big pat on the back! Dean becomes the FOURTH Dino Gym member to make the Century Club.
The Records List has received a “shake up” with the addition of National Records. I thought about this for a while, should I include these new records in a lifters record count? But it didn’t take me long to decide. OF COURSE! Setting a National Record is probably MORE IMPORTANT than others, and SHOULD be included. If someone complains about this, I’ll tell them to show up at Nationals and set a few National Records for themselves, and then they’ll see that is no easy feat. The addition of National Records got John Vernacchio back “in the club”. John had recently “fell out” of the Century Club, but now he’s back. With the addition of Dean and John, the Century Club now stands at 22 members.
There weren’t any change in the top rankers. Denny still holds a comfortably lead over Art, 428 to 403. I’m narrowing the gap on them very slowly, and now my count stands at 399. Maybe I’ll make these two wily veterans of odd-lifting a little nervous so they’ll “kick up the pace”???? The addition of adding in National Records really helped Frank Ciavattone, Noi Phumchona, Bob Hirsh, myself, and Chad Ullom. Chad “jumped past” Dale and Scott. Now don’t you feel bad Chad for not letting Dale do another finger lift record at Nationals??? You must have known the record count and realized you were one ahead of him at the time! Frank owns the most National Records, and it really upped his overall count, as it moved him from 8th to 6th, passing Dennis and Joe. John McKean was holding around a 30 count lead last time sitting in fourth, but now there are several lifters “on his heels”. John – it’s time for you to lay the fishing pole to the side and spend a little more time in the weight room getting ready for your next USAWA competition.
Who’s going to be the NEXT lifter to make the Century Club??? My guess is still on Mike Murdock. If he gets a few this weekend at the Ledaig Record Breakers, then he will be “set up” to make history at my record day in August. I’m also “keeping my eye” on Dave Glasgow. After his recent outstanding showing at the Nationals in which he broke several records, I’m putting him as an “outside chance” of being the next to make the club.
I also want to make a few comments about my opinion on breaking records. If you are going to SET RECORDS – go all out doing it. I don’t think it is very sporting just to take token efforts to set a large quantity of records at a USAWA record day. After all, anyone can find “blank spots” in the record list to fill with a record, just to add to their “record count”. That’s chickenshit. If you do that you deserve a boot in the ***! Be a real lifter and show the record list the respect it deserves! Anytime I see a lifter set/break more than 10 records at a record day, I question their efforts in the records they set. Any lifter who gives max effort on 10 lifts in a day should be spent. Anymore than that and I start to wonder if they are “sandbaggin” their efforts on their record attempts. It’s not against the rules or anything, but I will tell you that I will be “talking behind your back” if I see this going on. And words like sissy lifter, girly boy, etc will be in the conversation!!!!!
CENTURY CLUB (as of 7/14/2012)